Parents and teachers will love this colorfully illustrated book about feelings and how to handle them. Sam’s father tells him:
“…. what you feel matters, but it doesn’t have to control you. Giving each feeling a name helps you know what to do with it.”
He then adds this piece of good advice:
“a feeling is just a feeling. It’s not in charge of you. If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it.”
Many children (and let’s be honest, adults), struggle with controlling their feelings. Emotions can manifest themselves in physical ways (an upset stomach) and can lead us to say and do things that are destructive. Sam and his classmates learn to recognize and label difficult emotions like jealousy, anger, fear and sadness as well as good feelings of happiness and bravery. This is a first step in self-awareness and empathizing with others.
A great teaching tool, the book contains a pull-out feeling chart that will be great for use at home in a classroom.
VERDICT: 5 stars
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